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Curriculum vision

The vision of the department is to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in Music and to maintain and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in music. 

Key stage 3

All students study music in key stage 3 through a comprehensive programme of study focused around performance, composing and listening.

Key stage 4

Music is offered at key stage 4 at GCSE level. Three key areas are assessed at GCSE level:

  • Performing and appraising (worth 35%)
  • Composing (worth 30%)
  • Listening and appraising (worth 35%)


Students are also encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities such as the choir, orchestra and forming their own musical ensembles. These meet on a weekly basis after school and take part at all major functions throughout the academic year.

All students are also given the opportunity to receive instrumental tuition. Lessons are provided by peripatetic staff who come into school every week. Students receiving lessons are encouraged to do external exams.

Parkhall Integrated College Vision Statement

‘To provide an inclusive, caring learning environment where we all feel valued and respected and are empowered to reach our full potential’